Uber Faces Taiwan Ban For Operating 'illegal' Service


Uber faces Taiwan ban for operating 'illegal' service

TAIPEI, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 3rd Augst,2016) - Ride-hailing service Uber could be banned in Taiwan after authorities accused it of operating illegally, with officials saying Wednesday a final decision will be handed down next week.

It is the latest setback for the US company, after it was forced to suspend its operations in Hungary last month and was fined in June for operating illegally in France. Uber entered the Taiwan market in 2013 and the company and drivers together have already been fined a total of Tw$65 million ($2.05 million), according to the transport ministry.

Angry cab drivers surrounded the parliament in capital Taipei last month, demanding the government kick Uber out, echoing similar protests in several other countries. Authorities say Uber does not have the proper registration to operate as a taxi service.

"They (Uber) are registered as an information services provider, but what they're doing is actually transportation," said Lin Kuo-hsien, a ministry spokesman. That leaves consumers unprotected, Lin said, adding that some Uber drivers have already had their individual licences suspended and are subject to fines of Tw$50,000.